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Welcome to GSAPP!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Columbia GSAPP!

At Columbia GSAPP you will join a long legacy of creative thinkers and original professionals and become part of a community of students and alumni who are critically engaged with the world and dedicated to addressing the urgent issues of our time.

Your cohort applied from 80 countries
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Your Next Steps to Join GSAPP

Summer 2023 Entry
Fall 2023 Entry

Confirm your enrollment decision by Saturday, April 15, 2023 by completing the enrollment form.

Please review a detailed timeline outlining your next steps for summer 2023 entry.

Students enrolling in the M.S. Advanced Architectural Design; M.S. Architecture and Urban Design; and M.S. Real Estate Development programs begin with the Summer 2023 Semester on Tuesday, May 30, 2023.

Students enrolling in the M.S. Computational Design Practices program start with an online tutorial, and begin in person classes on Wednesday, July 5, 2023.

Also reference the 2023-2024 Academic Calendar, and don’t hesitate to email us at arch_admissions@columbia.edu with any questions.

2023 Open House for Admitted Students

We hope that you were able to join us and fellow admitted students in New York for the GSAPP Open House on March 27, and at a series of online presentations with our Dean, Program Directors, faculty, and students throughout the week. Recordings of most sessions are available below and on the program-specific pages.
If you weren’t able to visit Columbia’s campus in person, may also browse GSAPP’s Buildings and Facilities on our interactive virtual tour!

Columbia GSAPP Dean Andrés Jaque welcomes admitted students and presents the School’s pedagogy.
Each academic program has a rich offering of virtual resources allowing you to meet GSAPP’s faculty and students; join lectures and events; and explore studio reports, student work, and more. Select your program below for details and recordings.

2023 Open House Event Schedule

Monday, March 27 (in-person)
Event Time
Check-in and Breakfast 9:30am
Student-led building tours
Visits to GSAPP Research Centers and Labs, Making Studio, Avery Library, and more
10:00am – 12:00pm
Lunch with GSAPP Faculty 12:00pm
Welcome and School Overview by Dean Andrés Jaque 1:30pm
Curriculum Presentations
With the Directors of each academic program.
Specific times and locations will be shared upon registration.
2:00pm – 5:00pm
GSAPP Open House Lecture by Juan Herreros
(event info)
Student Social & Reception 8:30pm

The Online Open House Program

The Online Open House Program takes place throughout the week of March 27 and features curriculum presentations delivered by program directors and staff, the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), the GSAPP Admissions and Academic Affairs Offices, and Student Financial Services at Columbia University. Please register using the links below to receive the Zoom meeting invitations by email.
Saturday, March 25
Event Time
Notes from Within
In its third annual installment, the event invites prospective and admitted students to sit in fellowship and exchange with members of the Black Student Alliance at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University [BSA+GSAPP].
Monday, March 27
Event Time
MSHP Curriculum Presentation
with Jorge Otero Pailos and Sarahgrace Godwin (view recording)
MSUP Curriculum Presentation
with Weiping Wu
(view recording)
MArch Curriculum Presentation
with Mario Gooden and Darwin Eng (view recording)
Tuesday, March 28
Event Time
MSRED Curriculum Presentation
with Patrice Derrington (MSRED Director), Jessica Stockton King (MSRED Senior Associate Director, Academic Affairs), and Thelma Colado (MSRED Assistant Director)
(view recording)
MSUP Faculty Conversation
with Weiping Wu (MSUP Director), Anthony Vanky (MSUP Assistant Professor), and Douglas Woodward (MSUP Associate Director, Professional Development and Practice)
(view recording)
Lecture by Anna Lora-Wainwright, Professor of the Human Geography of China at the University of Oxford, organized as part of the Lectures in Planning (LiPS) series
(event info)
MSCCCP Curriculum Presentation
with Felicity Scott and Mark Waisuta (MSCCCP Co-Directors)
Wednesday, March 29
Event Time
MSAUD Curriculum Presentation
with Kate Orff (MSAUD Director) and David Smiley (MSAUD Assistant Director)
(view recording)
MArch Faculty Q&A
with Mario Gooden (MArch Program Director) and program faculty
Life at GSAPP: Learn more about Career Services, Avery Library, and more
A virtual panel discussion highlighting the resources and support available to students at the School.
Thursday, March 30
Event Time
MSAAD Curriculum Presentation
with Andrés Jaque (Dean and MSAAD Program Director) and Xiaoxi Chen (Assistant Director)
(view recording)
MSCDP Curriculum Presentation
with Laura Kurgan (MSCDP Director) and Adam Vosburgh (MSCDP Assistant Director)
(view recording)
Life After GSAPP: Meet Our Alumni Ambassadors
They will share their experiences, insights, and advice on how to navigate life after graduation, the opportunities and challenges of migrating from another country and building meaningful relationships within the alumni network.
Preservation Lecture Series: Robert Hewison, The Peckham Paradigm: Gentrification in a London Village 6:30pm
Friday, March 31
Event Time
International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) presentation
with Nikolas Baranco
(view recording)
Joining GSAPP: Next Steps in the Enrollment Process
with Steffen Boddeker (Associate Dean, Admissions and Outreach), Sara Konekeo (Director, Admissions and Financial Aid), and Emily Dennis (Assistant Director, Student Affairs)
(view recording)
An Overview of Student Financial Services at Columbia University
with Marion Concilio, Makella-Ann Geffrard, and Tristia Kayser
(view recording and download presentation)
Saturday, April 1
Event Time
Life at GSAPP: Student Organizations
This virtual panel invites admitted students to meet members of GSAPP Student Organizations to hear about student life and the opportunities to collaborate and build long-lasting networks with peers in the GSAPP community.

International Students

International students at Columbia enter the United States on an F-1 or J-1 student visa. You will need an I-20 for F-1 status or DS-2019 for J-1 status issued by Columbia’s International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) before making your visa appointment at a U.S. consulate to apply for your visa.

Watch the ISSO video on how to get a visa.

You will need to:

  1. Prepare your documents (bank statements, passport, and other supporting documents)
  2. Log in to Compass to apply for your I-20 / DS-2019
  3. Receive I-20 / DS-2019
  4. Apply for Your Visa at a U.S. Consulate (the visa cannot be issued more than 120 days in advance of your program start date)

Ready to begin? Go to the ISSO website for the I-20/DS-2019 application, supporting documents checklist, and instructions. If you have any questions regarding the visa application process, please contact the ISSO at newintlstudent@columbia.edu.

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